God’s Law; His Word

Friday June 10, 2011

“The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous.” (Psalm 19:7-9)

As I read this passage a couple of days ago, I began to meditate on it as I was taken by the words law, statutes, precepts, commands, and decrees. They all mean about the same as I looked up the words in the dictionary and all were defined by the word law. I don’t like to be driven or directed by the law so I, but by grace so I had a hard time with this verse. This morning it came to me that God’s law is his word so I substituted these words and put in God’s word and it changed my feeling about this passage. God’s word , does refresh my soul. God’s word brings wisdom to my simple thinking. God’s word brings joy to the heart. God’s word brings light to the dark areas of my life so that I can see. God’s word endures forever. God’s word is righteous all together.

Take another part of this passage and look at the predicate–I’m going way back to English 101 for this sentence structure. The predicate is right after the verb and relates to the subject (I think). The words you find here are perfect, trustworthy, right, radiant, pure, and firm. When I look at God’s word, it is perfect. It is trustworthy. It is right. It is radiant. It is pure. It is firm and doesn’t waver. God does bring light to our path and helps us to see His truth from a different vantage point.

On your journey with Him, let His word transform your perspective today.

About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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